- Why did you become a Vocalo Storyteller?
Radio is a space and medium I have wanted to explore and use as a platform to elevate as a writer and journalist. The power of voice and sound bring forth such an amazing dynamic to the art of storytelling. There is an authenticity, where everyday voices and their life experiences are explored and heard, that threads the stories you hear on public radio and I wanted to create that. Vocalo offered the perfect opportunity to learn and produce a body of work that is by you and for the people.
- Your piece in 20 seconds:
Karoshi, a Japanese term meaning death due to overwork, raises the conversation about overworking to get ahead and various viewpoints of success. It offers insight as to why we feel the need to constantly work and the challenges faced when it comes to balance.
- Why did you tell this story?
Society is fixated on the idea of “the grind” and sleep is classified as a slacker trait. The reality is sleep is an essential part of life that affects our health and ability to function and “grind” effectively. When I heard the stories of young workers dying due to stress and overworking, my initial reaction was shock and anger. I wanted to address perceptions of success and why it has become the quantity of time one puts in as oppose to the quality of the product that gains applause. Also, I wanted to discuss the challenges of balance in this 24-seven work cycle we live in.
I believe that if my generation or anyone battling with balance and work life – myself definitely included –learned to work smarter, we would be able to achieve success and happiness without burning ourselves out.
- How are you better storyteller and producer?
Radio is impactful and layered. It travels with a person, so that challenge of not wanting them to turn you off or down, pushes you to create stories that sound good, are relatable, engaging and informative. For me, this workshop increased my confidence in pitching ideas that matter but aren’t often discussed. I also gained confidence in production and seeing an idea progress from inception to fruition. I loved that we learned specific techniques to curate a thought-provoking and powerful body of work and became producers in the process. Real life makes great radio.
I hope to continue work in radio production and storytelling!